driving licence categories

Learner permits and vehicle categories

There are restrictions on what type of learner permit you’re entitled to as a learner driver; you need to know these before you apply. You may apply for your first learner permit for vehicles in categories:

  • A1, A2, A, B, M or W – without any previous driving experience
  • C1, C, D1 or D – if you hold a driving licence for category B
  • EB, EC1, EC, ED1 or ED – if you hold a driving licence for the appropriate drawing vehicle. For example, you must hold a driving licence for category C in order to apply for a learner permit for EC

Note: you will be treated as a first-time applicant in relation to a particular vehicle category if you have not held a learner permit in that category within the preceding five years. A first time permit holder will have code 991 on the learner permit in the column marked ‘restrictions/information’ opposite the licence category.’ Full details available from the Road Safety Authority of Ireland or log on to www.rsa.ie.

Note that Alert Driving School only caters for Category B (car) learner drivers.

Region Covered

Please check the link below to see the regions that we work with

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Alert Driving School Mullingar

Co. Westmeath,



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